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Buffalo Central Terminal: Adopt a Tile


Buffalo’s Central Terminal has come a long way in the last decade. Decommissioned in 1979, a dedicated and caring group of volunteers have nurtured it from a shuttered relic into Buffalo’s unofficial convention center. It now hosts myriad annual events and symbolizes a glorious past, an uncertain present, and a hopeful future; it is part icon, part metaphor.

Under the leadership of its new executive director Marilyn Rodgers, there is a push on now to raise money to help weatherproof a building that is in dire need of extensive work just to keep the roof sound. Because of its size and location, even the wealthiest local foundations are loath to provide the several million dollars needed to do all necessary work, so for the time being the Terminal is trying to raise upwards of $769,000 from the community, tile by tile. A recent online push to buy one of its original light fixtures was successful, but this beautiful terminal of the defunct New York Central line needs an angel to keep from deteriorating further.  

In the short term, you can be that angel.

For $150 – 98% of which is tax deductible – you can “adopt” one of the Central Terminal’s roof tiles and help fund the critically needed repairs to the structure. You can pay by check, credit card, or PayPal and you receive a certificate of adoption and a print depicting the Terminal, ready for framing

For once, this is a preservation effort that is completely without a hint of controversy. This is undoubtedly one of Buffalo’s crown architectural jewels, far enough removed from the downtown core that it sometimes gets lost in the built environment shuffle. Please consider adopting a tile today, whether for yourself or as a gift, and help save a building that is truly poised for renewed greatness. Someday

Terminal from Phil Cavuoto on Vimeo.

Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters Halloween Broadcast to Feature Buffalo Central Terminal

Feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of options on Halloween night? Perhaps you should stay in and watch Syfy Channel! Sound dorky? On any other night it would be. But on October 31st from 7pm-1am you can watch a live broadcast of Ghost Hunters! Sounds awesome right? But wait-there’s more! Ghost Hunters will be broadcasting from Buffalo’s own historical Central Terminal! Don’t get any ideas urbexers, the Ghost Hunters are shooting on a closed set and the Terminal will be closed to the public. So plan to get cozy in some jack-o-lantern pjs with your favorite Halloween candy (Reese’s Cups please!) and check out some paranormal activity from the safety of your couch.

The Syfy channel can be found in Western New York on Time-Warner channel 35, Verizon FiOS channel 180 and through various satellite providers.

Check out’s blog for more information!

-jill greenberg